This wonderful Peak trekking and climbing takes you into the heart of the Khumbu, Gokyo (4,750m/15,584ft) and Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft). An ascent of Gokyo RI (5357m/19,216ft) and Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft) is good acclimatization and gives you magnificent close-up views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and more. You will cross the Chola pass (5,420m/17,782ft) ascend one of the popular peak of the Everest region.
The Lobuche or Lobuje Mountain consists of two different summits, viz. East and West with heights of 6,119 m and 6,145 m respectively. A continuous ridge connects them but there is still a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them. The East Peak is recognized as a trekking peak, whereas the West is known as an Expedition Peak. Lobuche being an attractive mountain offers various existing routes and also a potential for new ones. The dark triangle of its rocky East face rises over the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to a spectacular skyline, forming the south ridge. Descending a marked notch and climbing steep snowy slopes to the top reach the peak of Lobuche East. On most occasions, the mountain is climbed on the summit ridge only as far as a subsidiary snow summit, south–east of the true peak and before the notch. This peak is identified as the false peak. Laurence Nielson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa made the first ascent to Lobuche East on 25 April 1984 although there are possibilities that others have reached the summit before. But no records are available.
The Island Peak (Imje Tse 6,189m/20,300ft) is located at the heart of Khumbu region which is recognized as a moderate Climbing peak of this area. Island peak climbing can be very useful to the climbers who are planning to go for higher altitude peaks afterwards. Island peak climbing can fulfill the dream of the climbers who are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen their experience towards the peak climbing& expedition. This professionally designed Island peak climbing itinerary takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar first for the close up views of Mt. Everest before scaling the pick. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton’s who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It is also known as "Imja Tse" in Nepali Name.The Mountain is an extension of Lhotse Shar, and is located between the Lhotse and Imja glaciers, standing at 6,189m/20,305ft. After a trans Himalayan flight, We start our trekking from Lukla slowly up towards the Dudh Kosi valley, We across a Hilary Suspension bridge and start climbing up gradually towards a big hill to get Namche. We continue trek to Tengboche Pheriche and accommodate at high altitude in Gorekshep. After enjoying with magnificent views of Mt Everest and surrounding peaks, we continue descend to Chhukung to prepare for the ascent of Island Peak. After a day of walking from Chhukung we reach the Island Peak Base Camp to prepare for to attempt the peak. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. You will endeavor the summit (6,189m/20,305ft) after one night at the High Camp perched on the South West Ridge where magnificent vistas of the Khumbu can be seen from the top. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. However, most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent. After a successful climbing, our trip comes back to Lukla and end after flying out from Lukla to Kathmandu in morning.
At Kathmandu international Airport, After Visa formalities complete, we have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please check our Company Name board, Our Guide will be waiting with Guide Nepal Holidays display board at the arrival gate. Upon our arrival at Kathmandu international airport, we will be warmly welcome by our Airport representative guide with Silk scarves as per Sherpa customs.
You will be transfer to hotel by Private Vehicle. Check in at Hotel, free welcome drinks tea/coffee or any cold drinks/Juices. Company Manager will meet you as per your prefer time & will provide detailed Plans and Briefing about the trip. At the Evening we will offer you welcome dinner at best authentic Nepali restaurant where you can enjoy the best Nepali food and cultural show.
Dinner included overnight stay at best hotel in the Kathmandu.
After Breakfast your day will start for sightseeing tour of 4 Popular UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. Our first destination is Swoyambhunath. This place offers a majestic view of the entire Kathmandu valley. Stupa of Swoyambhunath epitomizes Buddhism. Your guide will enlighten you with detailed historical and cultural information about the place. After this you will visit Living goddess home and Kathmandu Durbar square. Locally this, Old royal palace area is called Basantapur Area or Hanuman dhoka Durbar Square. Our next sightseeing will be at Boudha nath (the biggest & Largest Buddhist Stupa in the World). In this Area, you will visit Buddhist Monastery and stop for lunch Break. If weather is clear you can see nearest Mountain of Kathmandu- Ganesh Himal from top of Restaurant. After Lunch, we will visit Hindus temple Pasupatinath and tour for today is finished. It normally takes 5-6 hours tour to visit all these 4 monuments within Kathmandu city. Afternoon free for packing for trek and getting ready.
Early morning flight by small twin otter to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). After final preparations, the trekking starts passing Chaurikharka village, and makes a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the precise bank of the Dudhkosi River until camp at Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) is reached. This first day is short for acclimatization reasons.
The trail cross Dudhkoshi River through a long suspension bridge then trail leads you crossing side by side along the river to Hilary's Suspension Bridge.The trail further climbs from here to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft).
This is the first of the two specific acclimatizationï¿½ days. You can spend the day taking a day walk hike to Thame, by visiting Khunde or by relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar; the main centre in the Khumbu region and has shops, restaurants, a bakery, hotel with hot showers and electric power. There is a colorful market each Saturday. Or if you are already acclimatized with Altitude, you can trek upto peaceful Sherpa village- Khumjung for overnight from where views of Mt. Everest, Ama dablam are awesome.
The trek of today climbs the hill to Khumjung and descends to the valley of Dudh Koshi. The route to Goyko turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest base camp. It climbs gently to a ridge top at 3973m. From here we descent in steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi river. After crossing this river on a suspension bridge we arrive in Phortse Thanga (4 hrs).
In aid of acclimatization the time spend trekking today is short. The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give away to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers. This part of the trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. We pass a herders’ hut at Tongba (3950m) and then climb gently to Dole. From here the views of Khumbila and Tawachee are tremendous throughout the day, and it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even broader view up and down the valley (2-3 hrs).
The trail climbs to Labharma and Luza. The path is steep in most of the places as it climbs through scrub junipers. The trail continues to climb along side of the valley high above the river and then crosses the sandy slopes finally reaching the village of Machhermo (4,465m/14,649ft), for overnight. This is the village where it is believed that a Yeti killed several yaks and attacked Sherpa women.
From Machhermo, it is a vertical climb up to the moraine from where the stream comes to a small lake. You can enjoy the views of wood ducks here. Now the valley extend as the trail passes through the Fangka settlement, which then slide down to the riverbank before beginning the climb to the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa glaciers. The trail almost height off as it follows the valley passed the second lake and finally up to the jumble of rocks and boulder and reaches isolated Gokyo Lake (4,750m/15,584ft).
The views around Gokyo are tremendous. You can have this trek in a real lifetime an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful isolated Himalayan scenes by exploring around or climbing Gokyo RI (5357m/19,216ft). It is a two-hour climbing to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache. You will take this easy day for rest and acclimatization.
Today is easy about 3 hrs trek to Dragnak or Thaknak. You will spend overnight and this place and be fully ready to long day walk to cross chola pass (5420m).
We will start to walk towards Chola pass base camp very early in the morning. We continue walking across the moraine; the trail makes a steep ascent to the top of the snow covered Chola la (5,420m/17,782ft). From the top, you can enjoy excellent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt. Everest. After the pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzongla (4,850m/15,912ft) passing through pine forests.
From Dzongla, the trail levels and then makes a gradual climb up and down to the small Sherpa settlement of Lobuche (4,930). This is a small village situated nearby the stream. The sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight. The trail continues climb to Gorak Shep.
This day leads you to the Base Camp of Everest (5,357m/17,575ft) walking through rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest. Continue trek return to Gorakshep (4930m/12894ft), for overnight.
Early morning after breakfast, it takes a couple of hours walking up to Kala Pattar (Black Rock) 5,545m/18,192ft; this small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam without climbing. We continue trek back to Lobuche.
About the terminal moraine of the Changri Nup Glacier repeatedly ascending and descending, we cope with debilitating march (about 3 hours) to Gorak Shep alp (5,200 m) where we will spend the night in a lodge. As we sleep here at the highest point of this journey, we must be particularly careful to ascend slowly and drink plenty of water. After a break we pull into the valley further over the debris-covered glacier and after about 3 hours, the base camp of Mt Everest (5,350 m). A historical place, from here starts almost all Everest expeditions to the infamous Khumbu Icefall, which is impressive in front of us. After a short rest, we walk back to Gorak Shep.
All meals included. Overnight at Lodge accommodation.
Today is Getting early in the morning to summit and take the spectacular views from Kala Patthar 5,643M specially the Mt. Everest (8,848M). Our Sherpa guide and teams will prepare for early morning departure
Behind the dry lake we already see the panoramic route to the summit of the 5,643 m high Kala Pattar (about 2 hours). Impressive is not only the proximity to Everest pyramid ( about 10 km as the crow flies ! ) and Nuptse ridge, but also of the view down to the ice world of Changri and the Khumbu glacier with the area of the base camp in the distance.
After we looked and wander the mighty Himalayas massif. We go to lunch back to Gorak Shep and then increase to a known route to Lobuche. We will spend the night in a cozy lodge.
All meals included.
Today, we begin our trek from Lobuche towards Lobuche Base camp Camp. After walking some distance on relatively flatter plane, the path to the Lobuche Base Camp gets steeper and rocky. We move forward along the Lobuche Glacier while enjoying the great views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega, etc.
Pre-Climb Training: After reaching the Lobuche Base Camp, take rest for some time and make necessary preparation for the summit. After lunch, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boot, harness, jummer, and how to go up and down using ropes. We believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills thus increasing the chances of scaling the summit as well as fully enjoy the experience.
Starting from the base camp, it rises rapidly to the bottom of the valley and a block area that crosses easily. We then climbed a scree on a path that leads to a small rocky ledge where it will be equipped with the harness and helmet, and watch out for falling rocks. We arrive at the upper camp ideally placed on a tray with a small lake at the foot of the final part of the route. Overnight in tent.
An early start is needed to climb to the top. A system of ledges and rock ramps that lead gradually to the foot of the last slopes of glaciated route we go back. At the same time we gain altitude, inclination is strengthened to reach 45 ° in the last section before reaching a small ledge, the "false summit". The summit ridge then leads easily to the summit of Lobuche is. The view of the peaks of extraordinary Taboche and Cholatse throughout the climb now opens a panorama of Himalayan peaks to 360 °. Overnight at Lodge.
From Thukla, we gradually walk to Chukung. This is day you can fully train or prepare for island peak summit. You can sort out the Climbing gears and have to be ready for climbing Island peak.
The path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to what we call Big-rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. Over night in Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft).
You will have move to Island Peak high camp, from where you will climb the mountain. The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel. Overnight in Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft).
Island Peak Ascent (6,189m/20,305ft), from early in the morning will have to climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight.
This is a Emergency day or reserve day in case weather become very poor when you get near peak or this Reserve day is possible to use wherever necessary before and after Island peak climbing. You can use this Reserve day any day during trip in case of little sick or altitude problems.
The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja khola, the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche (3,870m/12,697ft) where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu.
Walk down from the rear of monastery and continue down until you reach Phunki Tenga. Climb up gradually through a forest. Once you are out of the forest, you will be walking along a ridge from where you can see down on your left some of the deepest gorges of Nepal. In spring, the rhododendrons will look superb making the valley even more beautiful. Reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft), for overnight or we advice you to trek further to Monjo for Overnight for short walk of next day.
Trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. You can have a good time with two local alcoholic beverages 'Chang' or 'Rakshi.' Feel free to dance with your crewmembers in the Sherpa way.
Early morning fly to Kathmandu .Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This is actually an extra night stay at Kathmandu in case flight delayed to Lukla- Kathmandu due to bad mountain weather or any other problems. This extra night in Kathamndu will always safe from any delays or problems. If you have very limited time, you can still customize trek program. This is day; you can make sightseeing of remaining temples/monuments of Kathmandu or just shopping and relax day as your own.
Morning free for last Minute shopping or time as your own. If you have few more days, please consult with us for other tour extension.Our driver and airport representative drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that you leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime.